Tracy Duchac Stepping Down at Arizona; Deb Roth Enrolled in Classes

  25 Braden Keith | August 24th, 2012 | College, News

Arizona assistant Tracy Duchac has stepped down from her role as an assistant after one season with the Wildcats. The newly-married coach is expecting her first child with husband Adam Slusser in December, and the pair will return to Texas where he will pursue professional opportunities as an engineer.

Duchac’s coaching stock skyrocketed early in her career; she was a volunteer assistant coach with Purdue as a 5th-year senior, after completing her eligibility, and was part of the Boilermakers’ run to one of the most successful seasons in school history. She was then snapped up by Texas A&M and coach Steve Bultman as his chief assistant with the Aggies, where that team became a powerhouse and perennial top-10 team.

Last season, when Eric Hansen took over the reigns at Arizona, he brought in Duchac to fill one of his assistant roles. Hansen came from Wisconsin, and with Duchac being a Wisconsin native and a former Big Ten athlete herself, there was a bit of familiarity there. Duchac is best-known for her work with sprinters, which fits her skills as a swimmer (she was the first Purdue woman ever under 23 seconds in the 50 free).

This job, along with assistant coaching positions at Ohio State and Stanford, plus the head coaching job for the Stanford women, are the biggest jobs still on the market, so expect quite a few more dominoes to fall. This late in the season, after most programs have started practice, some of these gigs may be filled from the club ranks as well.

There was some confusion earlier this summer after former Cal All-American Deborah Roth confirmed to us that she would be transferring to Arizona. We have received confirmation from sources close to the program that Roth is, in fact, enrolled in classes at Arizona, but will sit out a year before competing for the Wildcats. That will suit the program just fine, as they will have a much bigger need for a backstroker next season than they will this season, with Lauren Smart having one more year.

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Since she just took a job at Stanford so much for the time with family excuse

Yeah for some reason, Eric and the ladies at AZ have struggled?!?!

Yes, I hear there is another story, which has nothing to do with her family. Four women swimmers leave, now a coach. What is the common denominator?


Great question.

J.C. – Now that you point it out. I find it interesting that the women seem to be leaving the program because while at Wisconsin, Eric Hansen seemed to have better results with the women’s program. I wonder what the difference is?

The article says She is expecting her first child in December and will to return to Texas with her husband where he will pursue professional opportunities as an engineer. It certainly seems like she made a family first decision and is to be congratulated. She will be missed.


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